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Rifle shooting: Shooting stars

By Brian Elliott

When twin brothers Callum and Reece Fullerton took their places at the Inter-Services Cadet Rifle Meeting at Bisley recently, the competition's organisers could have been excused for believing that they were seeing double.

But fortunately, there was no confusion, nor vision impairment, on behalf of the young men from Portadown Army Cadet Force Detachment, as they collected one of the main awards of the day, in taking the Canada Trophy.

The win was one of eight awards garnered by the team, which was representing 2nd Northern Ireland Army Cadet Force.

For that effort, the team was recognised as the best Army Cadet Force group in all of the United Kingdom.

"The boys were over the moon with the achievement," their father, Paul Fullerton, told Local Heroes.

"They were delighted to win the Canada Trophy together, and to be involved in the team noted as the best Air Cadet Force team in the UK."

Callum and Reece's enthusiasm for the Army Cadets may hark back to the fact that their great-grandfather was a member of the Royal Fusiliers. According to their father, the Cadets is something that both have shown great enthusiasm for.

"From a young age, I encouraged them in these types of activities," said Mr Fullerton.

"Neither Callum nor Reece seemed to get as much out of the Boys' Brigade as we would have hoped, but they love the Army Cadets.

"They have been very active in the Cadets since they joined, and they are out at least every other weekend, engaged in some type of activity with them. In particular, they love shooting, which is an important sport in the calendar. Also, these days, they even help with the younger Cadets, showing them the skills that they have learned."

Both boys have expressed an interest in pursuing future careers in the army, in particular Callum, the older - by a mere two minutes - of the twins. Once again, their father intends to encourage them, no matter what their choices.

"For both of them, a career in the army is often talked about. At this point, Callum is the one who is considering it more seriously, and he even talks about the possibility of making it to Sandhurst. I certainly wouldn't hold either of them back from their aspirations."

That small difference in future plans is a nod to the fact that while it might be easy to mistake one twin for the other, they are by no means identical.

"There are definitely some personality differences between the two," their father said. "Reese is certainly the more laid back, and Callum is more serious, as well as being ultra competitive. There's the usual tit-for-tat with brothers, but they are generally very close indeed."

That unity is something that can only be a good thing for the Portadown Army Cadets, and perhaps even, one day, for the Army.

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